From the era of VHS-tapes and terrible house music: one hour of Bijlmer-criticism in handy documentary format. Starring Pi de Bruijn, Wouter Vanstiphout, Ashok Bhalotra and others, the initial utopianism and following social disappointment that is the Bijlmer are being dissected – multi-culturalism, social segregation and how to deal with unwanted side-effects of backfiring utopianism are main topics of discussion. As relevant as it ever was it seems..

Vrijdag 9 april om 16.00 uur zal bij de landelijke opening van de Maand van de Filosofie in boekhandel Donner te Rotterdam de boekpresentatie plaatsvinden van ‘Het politieke dier. De ontdekking van een soort’, met bijdragen van Midas Dekkers, Luuk van Middelaar, Josine Blok, Piet Gerbrandy, Frank Ankersmit, Bas Heijne, Wouter Vanstiphout en Aristoteles. Bij deze gelegenheid zal Hubert Smeets, redacteur van NRC Handelsblad, een gesprek voeren met Luuk van Middelaar, met zijn ‘Passage naar Europa’ gedoodverfd kandidaat voor de Socrates Wisselbeker 2010, en met Ruben Oppenheimer, politiek cartoonist van de NRC die de tekening maakte voor het omslag. De… Read More

Essay

“Restoring architecture and urban planning to a position where they can have a real and positive impact on society, may demand destroying the mythology of the architect as a visionary.” This quote is an excerpt from the essay ‘Maakbaarheid – Reinventing the Urban Project in Rotterdam’. The essay was written by Crimson (Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost) and appears in the ‘Open City’ Biennale Rotterdam (IABR 2009/2010) catalogue. Download the essay here: Maakbaarheid – Reinventing the Urban Project in Rotterdam

New Towns & Politics – Call for Papers!

The ultimate political act in town planning is the building of a New Town. Or is the idea to build a New Town from scratch just proof of a fatal misunderstanding of what makes a city a city? New Towns have also become one of societies biggest political challenges. Shouldn’t we recognize that the planning and building of a New Town is but the first small step in the development of an urban community, and that the real work starts once the politicians and planners have done their job? (excerpt of New Towns & Politics call for papers description) In… Read More

Interview B-Nieuws

An interview with Wouter Vanstiphout in which he discusses the chair of Design as Politics with B-Nieuws, the faculty’s Infozine, can be found here.